9/18 at 11 am – Longview Public Library Presentation by Bob Pyle

LPL Seed Library Presents
Butterflies of the Cowlitz-Columbia with Robert Michael Pyle

September 18, 11 AM
Join us for another installment in the LPL Seed Library Presents speaker series! This series aims to explore diverse topics in the rich world of plants and their place in our lives. Our topic this time is Butterflies of the Cowlitz-Columbia. Western Washington is hardly the center of diversity or abundance for butterflies, thanks to its cool temperatures, often moist conditions, and heavy forest cover. However, human activities have created some of the open, sunny conditions that butterflies like, and certain species are well adapted to our climate and conditions. For the watchful, there is plenty of butterfly action in our gardens, parks, and natural areas around this place where the Cowlitz and Columbia rivers come together. Come along with Robert Michael Pyle as he introduces us to our most familiar species as well as some rarities, and clues us in on where best to look for butterflies and how to garden and manage our lands to encourage them. Bob is a lifelong lepidopterist, the founder of the Xerces Society, and the author of several significant field guides of North American and Northwestern butterflies as well as twenty other books of natural history, fiction, and poetry. He lives and watches butterflies in Grays River.

Join the Zoom webinar HERE.

Longview Library events are free and open to the public, thanks to the Friends of the Longview Library and the Longview Library Foundation.

For more information, call 360.442.5300 or email longviewlibrary@mylongview.com

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9/22 at 7 pm – Share the Wealth 2021 Part Two

If you missed the September 1 “Share the Wealth”, you get a second chance on September 22.

Please bring your photos, stories, and highlights of any trips you have made during the pandemic summer when we weren’t able to have official field trips.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdeyqpzwjGtI8jbfz5-13epaYSfu7GZAu

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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9/1 at 7 pm – Share the Wealth 2021

WBA will continue the Zoom online format for it’s 2021/2022 meetings and our first program will be a traditional Share-the-Wealth and reconnect/get-together Zoom meeting. Please bring your photos, stories, and highlights of any trips you have made during the pandemic summer when we weren’t able to have official field trips.

For the time being, it makes sense to continue the online meetings. We’re exploring whether there might be some opportunities for in-person get-togethers in the Seattle area, but the online format provides several advantages for our regular meetings. We’re able to bring in speakers from further afield and also to enjoy the participation of lep fans across the state, and the country. We hope you can join us!

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModuyvpz8rH9OvTA2B9BKnYGabNtZm5YNh

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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5/19 at 6 pm – What’s Buzzin’: From your backyard to the backcountry

Great news!

What’s Buzzin’: From your backyard to the backcountry

We have a WBA meeting coming up, so mark your calendars!  You don’t want to miss this one!

Date: Wednesday, May 19th 

Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Where: Via Zoom – please register for this event by clicking here: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sc-2tpjoqGdZqzMPJ1XjT76G4PQ5giT7Z

For the past seven years, the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium has been compiling insect and arthropod photos as part of its weekly What’s Buzzin’ report – highlighting some of the species currently out and about in western Montana. Glenn Marangelo will share photos and information about some of the incredible species that have been documented as part of this popular seasonal account. If you’ve ever wondered “what that bug was” in your backyard or while out on a hike in the backcountry, this may answer some of your burning insect identification questions.

 

Glenn Marangelo: Originally from NJ, Glenn has called Missoula, MT home since 1995. He has worked as a non-profit fundraiser ever since moving to Missoula, having worked with Five Valleys Land Trust and Wilderness Watch, among other positions. In 2009 he helped found the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium (MBHI) and in mid 2016 became the organization’s first Development Director. In addition to fundraising, Glenn makes insect-filled visits on Montana Public Radio’s Pea Green Boat, contributes to MBHI’s What’s Buzzin’ reports, writes the organization’s Bug Bytes podcast, and loves to “talk bugs”. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, birding …and of course, observing and learning about insects.

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5/5 at 6 pm – Colors, Choices, and Conflict with Nathan Morehouse

Title: Colors, Choices, and Conflict: Evolutionary Insights from the Reproductive Biology of Butterflies

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING STARTS AT 6 PM PACIFIC TIME.

Pre-register for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAufuGqrDsqHNw6w765IdU8rQEaWC4dBvzg

Pieris rapae crucivora - mating pair (Masaki Ikeda)
Pieris rapae crucivora – mating pair (Masaki Ikeda)

Why are male butterflies often more colorful than females? And if female preferences are responsible for the evolution of male colors, what benefits do females enjoy from choosing more colorful males as mates? Dr. Morehouse will tackle these topics and others related to butterfly courtship, mating and reproduction as he discusses recent insights from his research into the colorful lives of these remarkable animals.

 A preview of his presentation (from 2017) can be found in an Atlantic article titled “This Common Butterfly Has an Extraordinary Sex Life”:  https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/butterfly-cabbage-white-vagina-dentata/530889/

Nathan Morehouse
Nathan Morehouse

Dr. Morehouse is an Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Institute for Research in Sensing at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on the visual ecology and evolutionary biology of insects and spiders. He also has strong interests in interdisciplinary research and conversations between science and the arts. More information about him and his life’s work can be found in this recent Q&A published in Currently Biology:
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.12.020

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